In the woods.

img_6911My internal alarm clock worked against me this morning, but I was happy to start the day a little early in hopes of beating some of the heat. I got dishes done and a few thing cleaned up and in the afternoon I was off on a hike. The only trail that was packed to a miserable degree was the one along the water, so I spent most of my time happily in the woods. Before I had gone a mile I was dripping with sweat, but I was loving every second of it. There really is something wonderful about enjoying the fresh air and watching the sun shine though the trees.

Hopefully there will be more time outside and hikes on this vacation. After all, that was one of the reasons I took the time off.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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The company I kept. 

Today all I wanted to do was stay in bed and be lazy. At the end of a day like that I would have been miserable after wallowing in my own thoughts and emotions, becoming more frustrated with the things I have no control over. Thankfully, I woke up to a text that drove my day down a much different path.

For a week full of hot days, today was a little chilly for my taste, but it was a wonderful day for a hike. I did miss the sun shinning through the leaves casting shadows and warm refreshing breezes, but the company I kept was great. Last summer, despite my best efforts, my hikes were taken alone. A part of that was good because it helped me work through a lot of my thoughts, but I did miss sharing some beautiful trails with a friend. This year I am sure I will still hike alone on and off, but hopefully a few will be with friends.

Today was a beautiful hike, and most of that was because of the company I kept.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Winter trails.

There is nothing like a morning in the woods to start a day off right. I have missed hiking and spending time outside more than I realized. This summer the trails were where I thought and I came to terms with so much of the madness and insanity I was battling inside. I found that I could be independent and challenge myself. That getting lost on the trail simply meant I needed to find the correct direction and continue to forge ahead.

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Last winter, I ran most weeks but this year has been cold and wet so inside I have stayed. Today, that changed. I have always wanted to try snowshoeing, it seemed like such an interesting past time, and today I had my chance! Thanks to a fellow lifeguard I was able to borrow snowshoes and thanks to a friend I did not have to go alone.

We were fortunate to have a beautiful morning with the sun shining welcomingly through the trees and a path that was already broken for us. It was a perfect adventure for the new year, and something to check off my bucket list.

January continues to be full of wonderful surprises. Every day makes me wonder what is next, but that is something that only time can reveal. My hope, is that more snowshoeing will be involved.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Friday. 

The past few weeks have been busy, and my temper has gotten short. But today I did not have to deal with any of it. Sometimes it is important to have a few days off from your normal routine to give you a chance to breath. Instead of work, I hiked. It was a park I had never been to with beautiful views I had never seen.

The day was a perfect way to hit reset on my temper so I can be ready for whatever comes my way. 

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Hang in there!

I know by now I should not be surprised when something so simple comes into my life at the perfect moment. Today on my hike I came across a simple rock with the words “Hang in there!” written on it. It was as if it was there just for me. A part of me wanted to take the rock home with me, but I decided a picture was enough and I would leave the words of encouragement for the next person who needed to be reminded that they can get through whatever it is they are dealing with.

Over all I am doing so much better than I could have hoped, but sometimes things still feel like they are too much for me to handle. This weekend was difficult because I had to go through some boxes of wedding decorations. I spent months collecting and making things so everything would be perfect. Sadly many of my favorite things made their way to the garbage, after all, personalized cake toppers and tie clips have little value. I wanted so badly to be able to handle it all without tears, but sometimes no matter how hard you try to hold them back the tears come.

Some days I need to remember that it is alright to simply “Hang in there!”. Better days are coming and I need to do my best to remember that.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Empire Pass

One of my main plans for this summer is to hike, lots of hiking. I decided in the long run it would be a good idea to invest in an Empire Pass. One lump sum for a summer of sunshine and the great outdoors. The past few years I toyed with the idea of getting an Empire Pass, but never did. I must say that knowing that I have a sticker on my car that means I do not have to pay an entrance fee for New York State Parks makes me so excited!

There are two State Parks that are pretty close to me, but maybe as summer rolls by I will try to venture further out. It is so great to know that every weekend I can throw my inkDori, e-reader and hammock in my backpack, head out the door, hit the trails and enjoy. There is nothing better for healing than some fresh air.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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